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Success! Kinaheirwe from Uganda raised $293 to fund a thyroidectomy.

Kinaheirwe
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Fully funded
Kinaheirwe's treatment was fully funded on February 17, 2021.

Photo of Kinaheirwe post-operation

February 18, 2021

Kinaheirwe underwent a thyroidectomy.

Kinaheirwe had successful surgery that helped remove the neck swelling that she developed nine years ago. It had been painful and her swollen eyes scared her a lot. Through her surgery, she can now resume farming normally and she is hopeful that she will be able to do other income-generating activities and support her family. She’s now happy to be back home and feeling well.

Kinaheirwe says, “I am grateful and thankful to Rushoroza hospital and WATSI for they have made my surgery a success, otherwise I had lost hope and had no other way out. May God bless you.”

Kinaheirwe had successful surgery that helped remove the neck swelling that she developed nine years ago. It had been painful and her swolle...

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November 9, 2020

Kinaheirwe is a farmer from Uganda and is a mother of one child. Her only child is now 20 years old and in secondary school five. She lost her first husband 13 years ago, and later remarried. Kinaheirwe and her husband are both small scale farmers. During her free time, she enjoys taking care of her family.

Nine years ago, Kinaheirwe began to experience troubling symptoms, including headaches, difficulty breathing, and neck pain. She was diagnosed with a goitre and needs surgery to prevent her symptoms from getting worse.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Kinaheirwe receive treatment. She is scheduled to undergo a thyroidectomy on November 10th at our medical partner’s care center. Surgeons will remove all or part of her thyroid gland. This procedure will cost $293, and Kinaheirwe and her family need your support.

Kinaheirwe shared, “I have been in pain for a while and I wish to live a normal life again through the surgery. I will resume farming as soon as possible.”

Kinaheirwe is a farmer from Uganda and is a mother of one child. Her only child is now 20 years old and in secondary school five. She lost h...

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Kinaheirwe's Timeline

  • November 9, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Kinaheirwe was submitted by Joan Kadagaya, Curative Medical Support Program-Partner Representative at African Mission Healthcare, our medical partner in Uganda.

  • November 10, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Kinaheirwe received treatment at Rushoroza Hospital. Medical partners often provide care to patients accepted by Watsi before those patients are fully funded, operating under the guarantee that the cost of care will be paid for by donors.

  • November 11, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Kinaheirwe's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • February 17, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Kinaheirwe's treatment was fully funded.

  • February 18, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Kinaheirwe's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 8 donors

Funded by 8 donors

Treatment
Thyroidectomy
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $293 for Kinaheirwe's treatment
Hospital Fees
$199
Medical Staff
$0
Medication
$24
Supplies
$36
Labs
$20
Other
$14
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

​What kinds of symptoms do patients experience before receiving treatment?

Patients in need of a thyroidectomy often present with a small thyroid growth (nodule or cyst), a thyroid gland that is so overactive it is dangerous (thyrotoxicosis), cancer of the thyroid, noncancerous (benign) tumors of the thyroid that are causing symptoms, or thyroid swelling (nontoxic goiter) that makes it hard to breathe or swallow. Patients in need of thyroid surgery often present with nervousness, anxiety, rapid heartbeat, hand tremor, excessive sweating, weight loss, and sleep problems, among other symptoms.

​What is the impact on patients’ lives of living with these conditions?

The thyroid gland is an organ located in the front of your neck that releases hormones that control your metabolism (the way your body uses energy), breathing, heart rate, nervous system, weight, body temperature, and many other functions in the body. When the thyroid gland is overactive (hyperthyroidism) the body’s processes speed up and you may experience nervousness, anxiety, rapid heartbeat, hand tremor, excessive sweating, weight loss, and sleep problems, among other symptoms.

What cultural or regional factors affect the treatment of these conditions?

Thyroid disorders are relatively common in the African continent. Iodine deficiency, although still the commonly documented cause of thyroid disorders in Africa, is not as rampant as it used to be. There is a compelling need to set up thyroid disorder registries in order to determine not only the scope of the burden of these disorders, but also to document changing trends, if any, especially given the background of widespread iodization programs. Thyroid cancer is the most common endocrine cancer, and its incidence has continuously increased in the last three decades all over the world. This trend is present on every continent except Africa, where detection is possibly insufficient.

  • Process
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Risks and side-effects
  • Accessibility
  • Alternatives

What does the treatment process look like?

Thyroid surgery takes approximately 3-8 hours depending on the patient. Patients will stay in the hospital for a maximum of 6-8 weeks or as needed for recovery. A patient will usually have one follow-up appointment in six weeks.

What is the impact of this treatment on the patient’s life?

In cases involving thyroid cancer, the surgery is the patient’s best chance of preventing the spread of cancer and saving the patient’s life. For hyperthyroidism, the treatment helps stabilize the hormones that regulate metabolism and effectively treat some of the symptoms that the patient presents with such as rapid heartbeat and anxiety.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

Thyroid surgery is often 90% curative if diagnosis happens early. For benign tumors and hyperthyroidism, the surgery is more than 90% curative. The surgery comes with few risks.

How accessible is treatment in the area? What is the typical journey like for a patient to receive care?

There are few quality care centers in the region. Hospitals lack adequate resources and expertise to treat this condition.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

Surgery is the only treatment offered for thyroid cancer and hyperthyroidism. This is because radiotherapy and medication alternatives are not easily accessible in the county. Also, the cost of treating with radiotherapy and medication is higher than that of surgery.

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74% funded

74%funded
$1,118raised
$382to go

Meet another patient you can support

100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.

Than

Than is a 42-year-old woman from Thailand. She lives with her husband, three daughters, three sons, son-in-law and granddaughter. Than and her family moved from Burma to Thailand ten years ago in search of better job opportunities. Her husband, her oldest daughter, one son, and her son-in-law work as day labourers on their employer’s farm, growing and harvesting tapioca, corn, and cabbage. Her two other sons go to school, while her youngest daughter and her granddaughter are too young to go to school. Than and her second oldest daughter are homemakers. On November 7th, 2020, Than discovered that she had an incisional hernia. Currently, Than experiences abdominal pain throughout the week and has to take pain medication to decrease her pain. She feels uncomfortable when she sits, and when she is in pain, she has to walk or lie down for the pain to ease. Fortunately, on January 28th, she will undergo hernia repair surgery at Mae Sot General Hospital, our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund Than's hernia repair surgery. The procedure is scheduled to take place on January 28th and, once completed, will hopefully allow her to live more comfortably and go about her daily activities normally. Than shared, “I was so happy when I learned that I was to go to Mae Tao Clinic [and later Mae Sot Hospital] for treatment. My children are also happy that I will receive treatment with help from donors.”

74% funded

74%funded
$1,118raised
$382to go